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5 January 2005

At a time when humankind is lamenting grievous losses through drowning or burial beneath rubble, and whereas it is most vital to save lives and prevent disasters, yet the protection, safeguarding and rebuilding of the tangible and intangible environment too is most urgent.

Galle (Sri Lanka) © Unesco
World Conference on Disaster Reduction, Kobe (Japan, from 18 to 22 January)
A damaged world heritage
Agreement on emergency actions to protect heritage
News and Events

Preliminary Draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions Paris, France
31 01 2005 - 12 02 2005  Second Session of the Meeting of Government Experts. 

FabDesign Paris-Nord Villepinte, France
27 01 2005 - 31 01 2005  In the framework of the “Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity”, UNESCO and Ateliers d’Art de France are launching the first edition of the “FabDesign” project. 
Cultural Heritage Risk Management Kobe, Japan
19 01 2005 - This thematic meeting will be held as part of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) taking place from 18 to 22 January . 
Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States Port Louis, Mauritius
10 01 2005 - 14 01 2005  International Meeting following the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/262 (2002) calling for a full and comprehensive review of the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 
Promotion of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Algiers, Algeria
05 01 2005 - 07 01 2005  Jointly organized with the Algerian authorities on the occasion of the official visit of the Director-General of UNESCO to Algeria, this sixth regional meeting will be attended by representatives of some thirty Member States. 
Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola named UNESCO Artist for Peace UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
03 01 2005 - Countess Klossowska de Rola is being named for her role in promoting the World Heritage Education Project, which was launched by UNESCO in 2004, to raise the awareness of students and teachers worldwide of the need to preserve world heritage. 
Contemporary Perceptions Bamako, Mali
05 12 2004 - 28 02 2005  The four winners of the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts and seven other contemporary artists from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali and Senegal all invite you to an exhibition named "Contemporary Perceptions". 
Indonesian tsunami: Director-General convenes the Task force on prevention of natural disaster UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
30 12 2004 - Mr Matsuura, convened the Task force on the prevention of natural disasters, to study UNESCO's participation in international aid following the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the earthquake that, on 26 December 2004, ravaged eight Indian Ocean countries. 
UNESCO offers tsunami assistance to countries in South Asia
29 12 2004 - Mr Matsuura said that “UNESCO stands ready” to assist the national authorities within its fields of competence and “give whatever support it can to the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator’s efforts.”  
First Anniversary of the earthquake at World Heritage City of Bam Iran
23 12 2004 - The inscription of Bam and its Cultural Landscape, the ancient Silk Road landmark, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and on the World Heritage List in Danger was celebrated in a ceremony on December 27, marking the first anniversary of the earthquake that destroyed much of the site and killed more than 26,000 people. 
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